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My Public Servant, My Future consultative forum

2011/10/31 11:32:09 AM

Academics at the School of Public Administration and Development Management participated at a consultative forum on the ongoing transformation of the public service.

Professor Purshottama Reddy and Dr Solosh Pillay, academics at the School of Public Administration and Development Management, were guests at a consultative forum on the ongoing transformation of the public service.

The forum, titled: My Public Servant, My Future, was hosted by the Minister of the Public Service and Administration, Mr Richard Baloyi, and attended by senior academics from South Africa and senior public servants from the Public Administration and Leadership Academy (PALAMA) and the Department of Public Service and Administration.

The main objective of the forum was for all stakeholders to engage with each other, and possibly contribute to finding solutions that constitutional wisdom, systems and practices are not providing.

The discussions were very frank and the academics highlighted some of the factors impacting on poor service delivery, namely cadre deployment; poor quality and weak political and executive leadership; party political turf battles, and political and executive regime changes involving competition between political parties, and in some cases, different factions of the same party.

In addition, there were added problems of poor co-ordination of integrated service delivery and limited monitoring and evaluation of service delivery in public institutions.

The delegates were addressed by the Director General of PALAMA, Professor Lekoa Mollo and the Director General of the Public Service and Administration, Mr Kenny Govender.

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